Montgomery Announces Retirement

Longtime Chief Administration Officer Bids Adieu

Duluth, Minn- A big change is coming to the Mayor’s office in Duluth. After nearly ten years in his position, Chief Administration Officer Dave Montgomery is retiring.

Montgomery is the longest serving Chief Administrative Officer in Duluth for 30 years. The farewell crowd at City Hall included former Mayor Don Ness, members of the Fire Department, and various other city workers and residents. The people Montgomery credits for his work.

“I could not have accomplished anything that we have accomplished without the support, help, talent, creativity, of the 830-some employees of the city of Duluth,” he said at the Press Conference Wednesday morning.

According to Montgomery, the Mayor asked him to list some of those accomplishments for the conference.

“I came up with ten,” he said. “There’s more than that I think. But there’s ten that kind of maybe rise to-and ten’s always like a top ten list, you can always do a top ten.”

Mayor Emily Larson echoed some of his list. She said Montgomery’s work was pivotal to projects like the Norshor Theater, Airport Runway, and District Energy. She also gives him credit for being the lead on storm recovery efforts.

“There is no problem he was not willing to accept,” she said. “He loves a good problem. So when we had kind of some big knots that would come in, I would kind of just carry it over to his office and say ‘I’ve got another one for you.’ And he would say, ‘great.'”

While problem solving, Montgomery seemed to gain and understanding on the “divine” power flow of Duluth infrastructure.

“There’s God, there’s the Railroads, there’s DNR, then Jesus and the Holy Spirit.”

Montgomery is not yet sure of his plans following retirement, which officially starts on October 1st. The job posting for a new Chief Administration Officer goes up on Monday and will be open for applications for three weeks.


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